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In pictures: General Augusto Pinochet
Staunch defence

But efforts to indict Gen Pinochet quickly began back in Chile. During ensuing court battles over his fitness to stand trial, Gen Pinochet insisted he was innocent, acting to "save" his country from communism and looming civil war.

His family were among his staunchest supporters, including his wife of more than 60 years, Lucia Hiriart (right).

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